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An East Texas track coach was among two fatalities in a crash Thursday night involving the coach's car, an 18-wheeler, and a school bus carrying the track team. Mount Pleasant assistant coach Angelica Beard, 30, died when her car was struck by a tractor-trailer that was driven by 50-year-old Bradley Farmer of Bogard, Missouri, who was also killed.
The accident occurred on U.S. Highway 271 about 2 miles south of Talco, Texas, as the Mount Pleasant boys and girls teams were heading home from a meet in Paris, Texas, in two buses. The bus carrying the girls team was several miles behind the boys team's bus and was not involved in the crash. There were more than 30 students on board the bus that carried the boys team, and 19 of them were injured and taken to the hospital.
According to multiple news sources, the 18-wheeler was heading northbound when it veered into oncoming traffic. The school bus tried to swerve to the right to avoid the big rig but was hit on the driver's side and overturned on its side into a ditch. The tractor-trailer then hit the car Beard was driving, which was following behind the bus.